In the extensive reportage of the Department for Transport’s 2010-11 road safety figures, a decrease in the number of motorcyclists killed was often highlighted as a silver lining to the otherwise dark cloud. Deaths among vehicle drivers and passengers was up 6%, and pedestrian deaths rose 12%.
Justine Greening, Transport Secretary, cited poor weather as one of the large contributing factors, while highlighting that the 10% decrease in motorcycle users killed was some of the best news to take from the figures.
Yet, it’s important to note that the decrease in deaths among motorcyclists was partially offset by serious injuries being up by the same percentage. Total casualties for this category of road user also rose 8%, so more and more motorcyclists are hospitalised after being involved in road traffic accidents.
The 362 motorcyclists who died in 2011 is still too many, and riders are still disproportionally at risk of death or serious injury than car users. While it’s pleasing that the number of riders killed has fallen, there are still too many motorcyclists getting seriously injured.
More needs to and can be – done. To give just one example, Motorcycle Action Group’s excellent GET A GRIP campaign highlights the growing need to replace slippery manhole covers with new (and readily available) technology.
This would help prevent a lot of motorcycle accidents, as constant grip is crucial to single track vehicles like motorcycles.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, please contact us today to discuss your claim free of charge with a specialist Motorcycle Accident Solicitor.